Thursday, December 23, 2004
A key success factor for these kinds of mobile experiences is that they function across operators that they interconnect with multiple networks. You can’t leverage the "network effect" unless you have access to all customers on all networks. This may prove hard for some operators to swallow, and a mind-shift may need to take place before these kinds of mobile data services take off. The operators have traditionally developed, launched or endorsed data products which are exclusive and wihtin the "walled gardens" of their own networks. For example, many operators spent millions developing proprietary IM services. It took a while before they realised that a proprietary IM network goes against the whole principles of a networked application. For IM to fly, you need interconnection with existing IM services such as MSN, ICQ etc. Other examples are Chat, Email and Calendars. The mind-set is still unfortunately commonplace.
Mobile operators need to collaborate more to drive data usage and increase revenues. The success of the Internet was mainly down to the fact that it was a network of hardware and software that talked a common language - this fosters an innovative environment where external parties can develop new products and services which are accessible by all.
Clearly, there are a different set of considerations for the mobile operator, however, they must start to at least investigate and understand the new possibilities of cross-operator collaboration. They have been doing it for years with roaming; SMS, MMS etc - and these are the services that account for the lion’s share of revenues.
Some start-ups have sensibly decided to bypass the operators. I've seen beta ready messaging clients that incorporate IM, PTT, Email, Content and Address books, in to a single application. You download it via the web, and you effectively have messaging capabilities for the price of a few Mbs of GPRS traffic each month. This should be giving operators the heebie-jeebies but most are still focused on defending margin and protecting market share. I suspect that the MVNO's will be the first to embrace new business models and these emerging data services. A few years from now we will see a very different landscape. This is why it is such an exciting time to be in the mobile industry - the boundaries, business models and value-chains are changing. I’m fortunate enough to be in a position where I can witness this change and participate in it. Bring on 2005!
Sunday, December 19, 2004
Saturday, December 11, 2004
Presumably the same science is equally applicable to other content (ringtones, films, games etc)
(Apple would love to get their hands on this for the next generation of "intelligent" iPods)
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Sunday, November 14, 2004
Saturday, October 09, 2004
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Friday, August 20, 2004
Friday, July 23, 2004
P.S Have just flicked over from a plain HTML "blog" to Blogger - it's making my life sooo mcuh easier! Do it!
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Thursday, July 15, 2004
"Founded in 2003 and researched and tested at Carnegie Mellon University.
Monday, July 12, 2004
Blinkx (http://www.blinkx.com/) is the new "google", claimed the Sunday Times yesterday. Blinkx connects the information you need from the web, from online news sources and files on your own PC to create your own personal web to search from. The concept is smart, but the barriers to entry for someone like google are minimal. The business model has not been communicated but is likely to center around targted ads and content suggestion.
The idea, team and execution appear to be smart, but the name and logo are appaling. Ive already mistyped the word several times this morning! and the logo looks like the by-product of an office party fumble between Ebay and Mr Potato Head I've got a domain on hold that I think is right up their street so might give them a bell ;-)
Om Malik on Blinkx
Thursday, July 08, 2004
Well - it s quite a momentus day today - Oddpost (my email provider) has been acquired by Yahoo. Yahoo is the second largest provider of personal email accounts behind Hotmail. This particular space has gotten a little hot under the collar recently following Google's announcement that it would provide 1Gb storage for free to Gmail users. The oddpost acquisition comes as no surpise as these companies are looking for differentiation. Both Yahoo and Hotmail have increased storage space, but whats needed is a radical shift, something that will cut through Googles noise and get users chattering about yahoo again. So Yahoo have done it through Oddpost. Oddpost renders what appears to be something similar to Outlook express in Dynamic HTML - so its effectively outlook in a web browser. Its a fantastic customer experience which will create a lot waves when the Yahoo product relaunches soon. I wont be surprised if they create an entire application suite (calendar, to-do, address-book, groups etc) in a similar way. press release here
Thursday, June 17, 2004
the blogs I like discovering are the ones that I wish i had the guts to write myself - the ones that describe emotion, discovery, wonderment and real human issues.
P.S Its my brithday today!
Sunday, May 16, 2004
Wednesday, April 07, 2004
It makes me wonder whether our traditional understanding of content will change as a result of the mobile phones that we all carry now. Perhaps the traditional bastions of content and mdeia production will disappear and end-users will become mini-media-barons. Blogging is early evidence of this shift.
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Monday, March 08, 2004
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Friday, February 27, 2004
Friday, February 20, 2004
The Hillington Park Innovation Centre has just launched a new wireless innovation centre. "The centre works with two types of companies: those developing new technologies and applications and those wishing to transfer current applications or technology to the wireless environment
The centre assists by reducing the cost of developing the skills and knowledge needed to develop products and reducing the cost of the infrastructure to develop and demonstrate products. It also assists with the necessary interactions with suppliers, customers and intermediaries who control market access ".